Manchester City Become First Premier League Club to Offer High-Density Wi-Fi

May 8, 2013

Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium is to have high speed Wi-Fi access installed in the coming weeks, allergist making them the first Premier League club to offer such a service.

The 47, ampoule 000 capacity stadium will have Cisco’s Connected Stadium Wi-Fi which will be delivered by O2.

The service will be available in and around the Etihad and will allow fans to use their mobile devices to surf the web to share their live event experiences and to interact with other fans who aren’t at the match.

In addition, stomach City will offer StadiumVision Mobile, a service that can deliver live video and relevant event information to fans’ mobile devices with minimal delay and can offer multiple channels of content.

Tom Glick, Chief Commercial & Operating Officer for Manchester City, said: “As a Club that is passionate about innovation and prides itself on constantly looking for ways to enhance our supporters’ experience at the Etihad Stadium, we feel we have found the perfect solution with O2 and Cisco.

“Live games and concerts are highly enjoyable social events and we are delighted to be able to offer supporters a system that allows them to better utilise their own mobile devices when at the Stadium.

“With the ground and its immediate vicinity offering ubiquitous connectivity, we will soon be able to provide full talk and texting capabilities, while paving the way for exciting new mobile data applications and services – such as mobile video – that will ensure a visit to the Etihad Stadium continues to be one of the best sports experiences available anywhere in the world.”

Paul Lawton, General Manager of SMB at O2 added: “We are delighted to be working with Manchester City and Cisco to deliver a UK first in the form of High Density Wi-Fi at the Etihad.

“The underpinning ICT delivery is something we are really excited to be working on, and will result in the provision of high-speed connection anywhere in the stadium for fans, allowing them to capture and share their experience in a digital way – something we are passionate about as a business.”

Phil Smith, CEO Cisco UK & Ireland commented: “Cisco is all about connections. Fans at a premier venue like the Etihad Stadium expect premier Internet connectivity. I am thrilled that Cisco, O2 and Manchester City are jointly leading the field with a media rich environment that is unparalleled in the Premier League.

The Etihad Stadium becomes the first in the Premier League and the latest elite sports stadium in the world to install wireless technology, joining the likes of Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu and the Brooklyn Nets Barclays Center.

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